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Unathi Msengana looks stunning on Destiny Connect Magazine cover

Unathi Msengana destiny connect magazine cover

Local singer Unathi Msengana graces the February cover of Destiny in a beautiful floral dress.

Destiny Magazine posted a photo of magazine cover on Instagram, saying: “We love Unathi for many public reasons – her lovable and honest TV presence on M-Net’s Idols SA, her incredible fitness inspiration and, of course, that bod she’s been honing for months. But less known are the multi-million-Rand production house she co-owns and upcoming TV show up the newly-single star’s sleeve.”

 

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Brenda Ngxoli opens up about being sexually harassed by fellow actors

Brenda Ngxoli sexually harassed

Actress Brenda Ngxoli has shared an in-depth story about the time she experienced sexual and verbal harassments from three different actors.

Before opening up about her experience in an interview with Anele on Real Talk with Anele, Brenda wanted to make it clear that she was sharing this story not because she wanted to defame or drag anyone’s name in the mud but because she was doing this for her herself and her own sanity.

“Today I’m making a decision that no matter what happens, I’m going to choose me for once, against the fear of defamation of character, I’m choosing to love me because at night sleeping alone, I have to deal with what happened to me,” – Brenda Ngxoli said.

Brenda explained what happened while she was working with one of the actors, she said “in a space whereby I feel most at home, a space that I love with all my heart, I got fondled by a fellow actor, they rubbed on my thighs during a take.”

“When we were doing another take, this particular actor told me that when he looked at my feet he became horny and the funny thing is that I laughed, nobody knows how to react to these things so I laughed, I giggled and I walked away.”

Watch the full interview below:

Source: Zalebs

 

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Kelly Khumalo graces cover of Bona Magazine

Kelly Khumalo Bona Magazine

South African superstar singer, actress and dancer, Kelly Khumalo is gracing the cover of Bona Magazine January issue and she is looking amazing.

“Our January issue featuring superstar singer and actress @KellyKhumaloZA is here! She talks about unleashing her best self, releasing new music and exciting future projects. Which cover is your fave?,” – The magazine tweeted.

Take a look at all the fun behind-the-scenes from her fabulous shoot. 

 

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Actress Amanda Du-Pont opens an online clothing store

Amanda Du Pont clothing store

Swazi-born South African actress Amanda Du-Pont has revealed that she has opened an online clothing store called Tribe Capitol. The actress shared the news on her Instagram account.

“So for a while now I’ve been working on an online clothing store. It’s definitely something I’ve always wanted to do, because of my love affair with fashion!!,” – Amanda said.

She added “we are having a site-wide Opening Sale and there is Free Shipping on domestic orders over R1,000.00.”

See her announcement below:

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Zodwa Wabantu responds to Celeste Ntuli’s comments

Zodwa Wabantu responds to Celeste Ntuli’s comments

Comedian Celeste Ntuli spoke to Bob Mabena on Power FM earlier this week about her role as the leading lady of upcoming film Looking For Love. In the conversation, Ntuli mentioned that the film is about ordinary girls looking for love.

“It’s a movie that will attract normal girls. I am reaching out to my audience who are just normal girls. There’s nothing extraordinary there, whoo haaa uneclevage, no.

“Just being a girl. It’s those girls that are not celebrated mostly, those that are working hard, putting in the hours and we have some girls taking off underwears and I hate that”, Celeste Ntuli said.

Bob Mabena asked Ntuli if she was indeed making reference to Zodwa of the masses and she continued:

She continued: “I hate it. I don’t understand why Black women are tip-toeing around it, its disgusting and it makes us Black women look like the things we’ve been fighting not to look like. Everyone has called us the b word, the h word and every other word out there. Even black women [sometimes call us this] and I am very disappointed by this. Why are they called private parts? They must remain private.

“And we’ve come so far. If a Black man beats a Black woman, it perpetuates exactly what we’re trying to curb. So as a Black woman, you know the odds are against song. You walk into the boardroom with a minus.”

Celeste Ntuli was then asked if Zodwa was in the room, what she would say. Her response? “I’d say nothing. That’s how much it infuriates me. I don’t even want to take a picture with her. And I am happy to say it. I don’t care what people will say,” she concluded.

After hearing of the her sentiments, the Zodwa Wabantu took to Instagram to publish a scathing response to Ntuli’s criticism. A post she has now deleted. Here’s what the post had said:

“You are disgusted? Vomit. Sisi, lets move along. You won’t take a picture with me? Did I ask for it? You don’t like me? I hate passionately. If you were asked about me, you could have said, ‘I don’t know her to Bob or no comment @celestentuli.’

“I don’t need to be liked by any of you. Do your thing. Don’t involve my name to your business sies. I don’t make friends with anyone. I work hard. That’s why you promoting your comedy movie, ngami mxm. Wazile ukuthi when you mention my name uzoba happening. Back off.”

Source: IOL

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Dineo Ranaka hosts new show Yimlo on Mzansi Magic

Dineo Ranaka Mzansi Magic Yimlo

Reality television show, radio personality, and entrepreneur Dineo Ranaka will host a brand new show on Mzansi Magic.

The show, ‘Yimlo’ in isXhosa, means this is me, and will debut on the DStv channel 161 on January 9 2018.

On the show, Dineo tackles difficult topics that often pull close friends and family apart.

Ranaka currently stars in the often trending reality television show, The Ranakas on Mzansi Magic, alongside her entire family members.

“I have been blessed beyond measure 🙏🏽♥ and this is just another blessing to add to the many this far! @Mzansimagic thank you for choosing me for this project 🙏🏽 I am honored to be a vessel and help lighten the loads of others. Here’s to January 9 2018!!!,” – the star tweeted.

https://twitter.com/dineoranaka/status/943803026015424513

Dineo Ranaka also took to Instagram where she announced “This year I got to star in a film with Thembisa. I got to know her. I got to see all of her, flaws and all. She’s cut from a fiber of pure strength and assertiveness. This tweet meant so much to me! SO much! Thank you Mdoda ♥🙏🏽🍀🕊 #Yimlo. “

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Pearl Thusi and Quinton Vander Burg foundation help fans pay off debts

Pearl Thusi and Quinton Vander Burg foundation

Pearl Thusi has partnered with the Quinton Vander Burg foundation to help a fan and a friend pay off their debts. All you have to do is go on the Quinton van der Burgh foundation website www.qvdbfoundation.com and tell them your story and maybe you could be the chosen one to be assisted financially.

The #ActOfGenerosity initiative is designed to help those drowning in debt and also empower people about financial freedom while teaching them how to be more savvy with money.

“It is my mission to help our people and I am always on the look-out for new ventures that boast great potential, whether it be economical or for the greater good. Our current projects range from building wells in underprivileged areas to development centres, focusing on providing individuals with skills they will need to go out into the workplace” – Quinton Vander Burg.

Watch the video below:

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Cameron Bruce – Back with his BadWolf Band

Cameron Bruce, John Fresk and Hannah Foster make up BadWolf

Over eight years ago, 17-year old Cameron Bruce wowed the Idols judges with his stirring version of the John Mayer classic The Hurt during the 2009 auditions. His stand-out performance established Cameron as a firm favourite in the competition and he finished sixth overall and catapulted Cameron into the hearts and minds of the South African public.

Now 25, Cameron Bruce, with his magnetic vocal style, skillful guitar work and striking lyrics, is set to entertain visitors to the Cradle Contemporary Art Fair when he plays a gig at the Cradle Boutique Hotel ‘Posh Picnic’ on Saturday, December 2 from midday.

So what has Bruce been up to since he last graced our screens on Idols back in 2009?

I released an album in 2012 called Damage Done and the following year I had a residency in Las Vegas.  I came back and recognized a gap in the corporate and wedding entertainment industry so I started a band called BadWolf operating under my company Fuzz Music which performs at all kinds of events from things like the BMW M Fest which was just a couple weeks ago to weddings all around the country.  We now have two bands with different singers entertaining clients at their events.  In 2015 I also went back to university to complete a degree in music which I will hopefully finish up next year.



Can you tell us a bit about the type of music you play?
I started playing guitar at the age of seven and only really started singing around the age of 16, so in my formative years I was really into guitar music like Jimi Hendrix, BB King etc.  One day I heard a record by John Mayer and that was when I fell in love with writing.  It was also around then that I started singing, so I guess you could say the kind of music I like to write is centred around the guitar with a blues/jazz influence, but fused with a kind of singer songwriter undertone.

What can visitors to the Cradle Boutique Hotel expect when they come for lunch on Saturday, 2 December where you will be playing?
For the event it will be myself, American pianist and Grammy nominee John Fresk on keys and Hannah Foster on vocals. Hannah and I will do a variety of songs including some jazz standards, some pop songs with a jazz twist and some of our originals.  Given the instrumentation of the band it lends itself more to the jazz side with a laid back feel. John, Hannah and I have been working together for years and there is something really special about the ensemble.

Are you working on anything new at the moment?
Yes! I haven’t put out original music for a couple years now as my focus really has been my company and of course making sure I pass at Wits but I still have a deep fire burning for original music and my hope is that I’ll have an EP out next year.

Where can fans catch any gigs or listen to your music?
A lot of what I do now is private company functions and weddings but I do the odd public gig here and there.  My record is available on iTunes, but I don’t really push the album because it’s an old sound, one I’ve outgrown and I’d really like the EP next year to be fresh start with songs I can really get behind and believe in.  The best way for fans to keep up with what I do is on Facebook, Instagram (cam_bruce) and YouTube.

Who do you listen to and who inspires you?
I listen to so much music from jazz greats like Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Pat Martino and some of my blues hero’s like Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Muddy Waters.  I love Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and all the Motown soul guys.  I really like some of the newer music coming out from guys like Anderson Paak, D’Angelo, Daniel Caesar.  It’s all inspiring.  I love the common thread I hear in some of the music I naturally gravitate towards.  I can hear their influences and who they’ve checked out.  I’m always hunting for the next song or record that will take me away from reality.

Favourite singer/band?
Incredibly hard to say and I don’t think it would be fair to name just one so top 3 would have to be D’Angelo, John Mayer and Miles Davis.

Favourite album?
Again, too hard to say but everyone should check out Voodoo (D’Angelo) and let it be the soundtrack to their lives for a couple months.

Anything else you’d like to say to music fans out there?
Just thank you.  Having been in the corporate/wedding scene for a while it’s easy to forget that there are people out there who care about your music and what you have to say.  I recently put up a video of an original song I wrote on Facebook and Instagram and asked people for feedback/support.  The response was incredible and it really reminded why I love writing, it’s a connection thing and you come to realize people need writers to put words and sounds to their feelings, make them feel like they’re a part of something everyone goes through whether it’s tough spots in life, heartbreak, love, there’s something very comforting about that.

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Inspirational Artist John Moore to Exhibit at Cradle Contemporary Art Fair

John Moore Exhibit at Cradle Contemporary Art Fair

One of the most eagerly awaited exhibitors at the inaugural Cradle Contemporary Art Fair, and resident artist of the soon to be opened Cradle Art Gallery, is artist extraordinaire John Moore whose work can be viewed in private collections, various commercial banks and in galleries both in South Africa and abroad.

Schooled at St John’s College in Johannesburg, Moore’s childhood was marked by long holidays and explorations of South Africa, particularly the Kruger National Park where he frequently went on holiday with his grandparents.

It was there he was taught to love and appreciate wildlife in every form, and learned to enjoy not only the wonder of the “Big Five” but also the complexity and detail of “the little things”.

Moore remembers sitting at waterholes for hours on end armed with his binoculars and nature books. He studied birds, trees and insects and over the years his appreciation for detail and micro organisms was firmly fixed into his growing imagination.

Moore also learned to appreciate the different ecosystems that inhabit Southern Africa, visiting the contrasting coastal forests of KwaZulu Natal and the arid deserts of Namibia, and he was also able to witness and appreciate the indigenous people of the country and its neighbours, sharing and listening to tales of the fauna and flora around the fire.

At the end of his school career, Moore decided on a career in graphic design and enrolled at Wits Technikon. But shortly thereafter he changed to a Fine Arts course, merging his passion for wildlife with his love for art.

Moore has South Africa’s largest printing press in his studio which allows him to focus and work on large-scale images creating immense detailed mark-making in the works. Moore’s inspiration for his images comes, he says, from “experiencing life in all its forms”.

We asked John Moore some questions about his life, his work and his forthcoming exhibition at the Cradle Contemporary Art Fair:

What inspires you?
I look at all aspects of my life to create inspiration in my work, from daily activities, walking in nature, movies, reading, trance experiences nothing is exempt from my continual scrutiny. Once an idea has surfaced, I then journal it for future reference.

What is your daily routine?
I work hard and am known as a productive artist. I often get up at 6am, go to the gym and get into the studio by 8am to set up for the day. I don’t work normal hours but take frequent breaks through the day, allowing me to fetch children, look at research, attend meetings and catch up on admin. I usually work for two hours and have a 30-minute break. In peak times this working ethic can allow me to work till midnight. Close to exhibitions has me working even later. At night I find work the best, no distractions. When I have the children, I tend not to go into the studio.

What are your preferred mediums?
I am regarded as a multi-medium artist, namely I work in any medium that I feel is best to express my work. I am a printmaker and use these mediums often to express ideas, namely woodcuts, linocuts, etchings, perspex plates. However, I don’t just use the printmaking mediums, I also use charcoal and pastels to create large scale work. My next show predominantly has large charcoal and pastel images, supported by ceramics and smaller etchings. I use whatever is needed to best express my ideas.

Tell us about your latest work that incorporates the San
The San, I believe are deeply connected to all of us. They seem to think they were the “first” people. Being African I can identify with their myths and legends and allow their history and wealth of information to influence my work. I too, am a shaman, a person who is able to breach the world of the living into the spirit realm. That realm is a super reality where you can talk to the animals and most of my inspiration comes from experiences in this reality. A lot of my signs and symbols are from experiences from my trances there.

What works can visitors to the Cradle Contemporary and the Cradle Art Gallery expect to see?
I will be exhibiting some well-known pastel, woodcuts, linocut and lithographic images. Although these works have been exhibited before, they have a high level of complexity and detail which people admire and appreciate. All work will be framed and for sale with proceeds going to the African Digital Education Trust (ADET).

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Behind the 2017 Rhino Census with Bonné de Bod

Rhino Census Kruger National Park

Presenter Bonné de Bod, along with fellow filmmaker Susan Scott, were granted exclusive access to the 2017 Rhino Census, which took place in the Kruger Park recently. De Bod and Scott, who have been working on the highly anticipated anti-poaching rhino feature documentary STROOP , due for release in early 2018, were delighted with this opportunity as it was the first time they had been given permission to observe the census.

To mark World Rhino Day on Friday, September 22, De Bod reveals what they saw and learnt.

Q: You’ve just came back from the Kruger National Park where you observed the annual rhino census. But it’s not as simple as just going up in a helicopter and counting the rhinos one sees, is it?
A: It was incredible to witness and to better understand the process. You might think that you go up in a helicopter, count the rhinos and the job is done; but it’s a lot more complicated than that. I have tried to observe and film this census count for four years and have begged SANParks every year to allow me to interview the scientists involved and see how it’s done.

Obviously it’s a sensitive thing, not only counting the rhinos but witnessing their location and concentrations in the park.  I am familiar with census counting of animals but even so, I spent a few weeks going through research papers and scientific journals to try and get my head around the scientific aspect of it all, which was arduous because what it really entails is using a scientific formula to work out how many rhinos there are.

Fortunately I had the STROOP research team helping me get to grips with it and it did eventually all come together after a lot of reading, analysing and talking to a few scientists. Dr Sam Ferreira is the lead scientist behind the counting of rhinos in Kruger, he is the large mammal ecologist for SANParks and he heads up a team of observers – the people doing the actual counting. So three to four observers in a helicopter do the actual physical counting, and then these results get fed back to Dr Ferreira who uses this set formula to work out the total number of rhinos in the park. Rather complicated but great to finally be able to see it in action after reading all those dry research journals!

Q: But why the formula? And how come it’s so complicated to count rhinos from the air, surely it’s as easy as making a mark on your list?
A: Obviously, a small reserve or farm with a few animals can count a small number by walking or driving around, but in the Kruger, total counts were done up until the late 1990s, meaning that the whole of the park was counted, from top to bottom. But we all know that it’s a massive area so you can imagine the time and money that went into a census like that and for some years the census wasn’t done at all because of these large-scale factors where the weather had to be perfect. But a total count doesn’t mean you will count the exact number of rhinos because a total count will give you a negative bias. You will never see and therefore never count all the rhinos in the park because they might be lying down or walking in the bush line and not observed. This means there are clear errors or biases that one has to consider. So scientists have figured out that it’s a far better spend of money and time to do a minimum percentage of the park using a method and formula which they feel give better results.

Q: So what formula and method does SANParks use to count the rhinos in Kruger?
A: The specific counting method that SANParks and Dr Ferreira feel is the best for Kruger is called the ‘Block-counting method’ and the peer reviewed scientific papers I thoroughly researched, gives a model where you can count between 40 -50 percent of the park which will then give a good estimate of actual numbers. So what Dr Ferreira does is to assign various blocks throughout the park which are 3×3 kilometres and then the observers search that block very intensely from the air. Last year they covered 41 percent of the park and Dr Ferreira advised that this year they counted 50 percent.

Also interesting is the flying method. The pilot doing a block-count must fly the blocks in a very structured way, flying narrow strips less than 200 metres apart.  When the helicopter gets to the edge of the block the pilot doesn’t just simply turn around and fly back close to that strip, they need to fly further away on the edge, worked out to a set number so when they fly back down, no double counting of rhinos happens.

Q: But how far can the observers really see?
A: For this the scientists have also worked in a bias percentage, again done scientifically. But whether you use total or block counting one will never get an exact number of rhinos, and we also have to bear in mind that it’s an estimate and even covering only 41-50 percent of the park costs around R1million and that cost doesn’t even cover the time of the observers, scientists or pilots.

Q: Why do we need to know how many rhinos are alive? Some might feel that the money could be better used for anti-poaching activities.
A: Firstly for management practices, you want the meta-populations (the smaller populations within the total population) to interact, disperse, breed and ultimately grow. Sometimes they do this on their own and sometimes you need to assist by moving rhinos from one area into another within the park system. In order to do this, one needs to know how many rhinos there are at any given time.  There is also the need to know and understand the number of live rhinos in the park because of the poaching crisis and how this impacts the population. We cannot just be left knowing how many rhinos are poached – we must also know how healthy our living population is in terms of this terrible crisis.

Many NGOs and activists are questioning the number of rhinos left in the park, and we hear about it all the time from tourists visiting the park who say they aren’t seeing rhinos anymore.  There also some critics out there, scientists, pilots, vets, who are questioning the number and method used in the park, and many of them say that the number of living rhinos left in the park is an exaggerated number.  So quite a contentious issue although not the main reason why SANParks does the census. But they have told me that they hope being so transparent about the counting method used will address people’s concerns.

Q: The million-dollar question then.  Just how many rhinos are left in the park?
A: The numbers have been dropping year on year. Last year’s figure was an estimate of between 6 649 and 7 830 rhinos in Kruger for 2016 which was a 16-20 percent drop from the previous year’s numbers. These are last year’s results, so we still need to wait for the 2017 numbers which are still being collected.  We expect the results to be released by government early next year when they do their annual review report.

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